After a leak and then a denial by Jeff Ashton, he concluded the very same thing the leak revealed. Florida State Attorney Jeff Ashton released his investigative report into the death of Ibragim Todashev finding that he was an associate of the alleged mastermind of the Boston Marathon bombing, that he was confessing to both his own and the deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s involvement in a cold case triple murder, and that his killing was justified.  As expected, the report agreed with an FBI finding that there was no wrongdoing by the agent who killed Todashev and “the actions of the Special Agent of the FBI were justified in self-defense and in defense of another.” The FBI has not found an agent unjustified in a fatal shooting in the last 20 years.  Reportedly, evidence reviewed includes photos of the agent’s injuries. The shooting occurred on May 22, 2013, as Massachusetts state troopers and FBI agents questioned Todashev, 27, in his apartment in Orlando.

Ashton’s report cites FBI documents that say that Todashev was about to write a confession to a cold case triple murder from 2011 when he flipped the table he was writing on. The table struck an FBI agent in the head. Todashev then, reportedly, ran into the kitchen and was heard frantically going through items before he reappeared wielding a metal pole (most likely a mop or broom handle).  The report says that Todashev took an attack stance and then lunged at the agent who fired 3 to 4 rounds into Todashev. He fell to his knees, but “sprang” back to his feet and the agent fired another 3 – 4 rounds. Todashev was shot 7 times, including once to the head and once to the heart.

Massachusetts investigators are still pursuing information about a Sept. 11, 2011 triple murder that they thought involved Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who allegedly carried out the Boston Marathon bombing in April of 2013 with his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a standoff with police and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is awaiting trial. Last week, the Florida chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations announced it was going to conduct its own investigation.

“Certainly, the FBI’s failure to prosecute a single agent…for shooting a suspect does not help its credibility,” the council said in a statement, “Our concern however is not only regarding whether the agent was justified at the time he pulled the trigger, which was the focus of the state and federal investigation, but about the pattern of civil rights abuse that occurred before, during, and after the killing of Ibragim Todashev,” referencing concerns over the deportation of people close to Todashev after his death, including his girlfriend who was deported after speaking to the media.

Todashev’s family disputes that he was a threat to law enforcement, “My son was definitely unarmed…” his father, Abdulbaki Todashev told CNN in 2013.  The FBI had interviewed Todashev before about the marathon bombing and his friendship with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, through martial arts training. He was reportedly cooperative and the FBI didn’t consider him involved in the bombing. Still, Todashev’s shooting has raised questions into how the FBI handles shootings internally and especially since the evidence that he was allegedly providing would have been key to solving the triple homicide.

U.S. law enforcement officials claim that Todashev was making statements implicating himself and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the triple homicide when he was killed. According to the investigative report, the agents knew of Todashev’s skills in mixed martial arts and his past criminal history, involving assaults on others. They said he refused to meet agents at the police station and insisting on them coming to his apartment.  During the 5 hour meeting, the report says that Todashev’s demeanor changed while discussing and then allegedly confessing to the triple murder in Waltham, Mass. Todashev asked to use the bathroom and one of the officers removed a Samurai-type sword mounted on the wall. Another trooper texted the others: “Be on guard, he [Todashev] is in a vulnerable position to do something bad. Be on guard now. I see him looking around at times.”

Moments later, according to the report, he attacked them. The report said Todashev “struck the FBI Agent in the head with a coffee table and then armed himself near the front door of the address. As he then re-engaged the FBI Agent and Trooper One, they both perceived Mr. Todashev’s movements towards them as being potentially life threatening.”  Todashev “armed himself with a red broom handle” and charged at the officers, the report said.

“The FBI Agent engaged the impending threat twice, by discharging his issued handgun a total of seven (7) times during two volleys of gunfire.”  The use of deadly force by the agent was “reasonable and justified, and therefore, lawful,” the report concluded.

RELATED:  Jeff Ashton Denies Reports He Cleared the FBI in the Death of Ibragim Todashev


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